Why two PA-28s are painted in BCal livery

It has been almost four decades since British Airways acquired British Caledonian, but if you know where to look, the carrier’s iconic Golden Lion can still be seen in UK skies. Aviation News speaks to Richard Heywood and Robin Washington

Company mergers tend to spread employees to the four winds. A handful will be picked up by the new company, while others will take early retirement or be forced to find pastures new. Usually only a few friendships survive the stress and upheaval of such times, however British Caledonian (BCal) bucks that trend, continuing to be much more of a family than a now-defunct airline.

Almost four decades since the ‘second force’ carrier was swallowed up by British Airways (BA), more than 1,000 ex-BCal staff keep in touch through a website – www.british-caledonian.com – and several Facebook groups, as well as a fortnightly newsletter run by Dave Thaxter, son of a former BCal engineer.


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